More on Daegu
Mayor Kwon Young-jin has also asked citizens to wear masks indoors if possible. He expressed fears that the rising infections in the region will soon overwhelm the city’s health infrastructure and called for urgent help from the central government in Seoul.
The explosion of infections in Daegu and the neighbouring southeast region, as well as some new cases in the Seoul metropolitan area, have raised concern that health authorities are losing track of the virus as it spreads more broadly in the country.
“National quarantine efforts that are currently focused on blocking the inflow of the virus (from China) and stemming its spread are inadequate for preventing the illness from circulating in local communities,” Kwon said.
In addition to the cases that have already been linked back to the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony – where the recent outbreak originated in Daegu – a further 90 people from the 1,000-strong congregation are showing symptoms, Kwon said.
“We plan to test all believers of that church and have asked them to stay at home isolated from their families,” he said.